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DATE: 29TH MAY, 2022

BIBLE TEXT: 1 KINGS 19: 15-17

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King of Kings and Lord of Lords; the One who is called the Most High. Heaven is your Throne, the Earth is Your footstool. You are Higher than the highest; You are Greater than the greatest; You are Older than the oldest; You are Wiser than the wisest. There is none like You, we magnify You daddy. We want You to know that we are very Proud to have You as our Father. Please, accept our Worship in Jesus Name.

Father today, as we Your Children gather again to learn at Your feet; we Pray that the Power in Your Word will transform our lives; that sickness will disappear, yokes will be destroyed and Your Name and Your Name alone will be Glorified.

In Jesus Mighty Name we have Prayed – Amen.

Praise the Lord – Hallelujah!

Now, we will continue with our Series – “Going Higher” and now we move to Part 61.

Our Bible Text will remain as of last week – 1 Kings 19: 15-17.

15. And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be King over Syria:

16. And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be King over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be Prophet in thy room.

17. And it shall come to Pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

Last Week (22nd May, 2022), we mentioned to you the fact that “Life is War” and that the war started very, very early from the very, very beginning – War had started.

That the “Original War” was between Light and Darkness; that the first murder started in the Garden of Eden et cetera et cetera.

And that the war is going to continue until the very end. And that in the Book of Revelation, we have the assurance that at last, we will win.

We spoke about the fact that God had always had an Army:

I. An Army of Insects
II. An Army among Animals – Lions and Bear.
III. An Army among the Host of Heavens – The Sun can refuse to shine if God says so et cetera et cetera.
IV. But once a while, God may decide to have an Army among Men – Anointed People who could do battle for Him.

We hinted that the fact that you become a Christian does not mean that the war is over.

You can get to read the Full Text of the Part 60 of the Series: “Going Higher” as summarised above on this Link:


And though the Evangelist might have told you that once you give your Life to Jesus Christ; there will be no more fighting – God bless the Evangelist. I am a Pastor and so I will tell you the real situation.

And the real situation is the one that came directly from the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself in John 16:33 – He said: In this world you will have Tribulations, but be of Good Cheers, I have overcome the world.

So Salvation is an Invitation to join an Army!

You are already in one Army whether you know it or not – If you are not Born Again, you belong to the Army of Darkness.

The Problem with that Army is that your Command-In-Chief; satan likes to forsake his own:

I. You don’t believed me, ask Goliath – At the critical moment when Goliath needed help; satan was not there to help him.

II. You don’t believed me, ask the Prophets of Baal – They will tell you: At a time they wanted help; they cried from morning till evening asking for Fire to fall but the Fire didn’t fall. At the end of the day; they all lost their lives.

But when you join the Army of Jesus Christ; you can be sure of one thing – He Promised that: I will never leave you, I will never forsake you. He will be by your side to fight the battle.


Salvation is an Invitation to join the Army of the Almighty God!

2 Timothy 2:3 made it clear – You are Called to be a Soldier and therefore you must be willing to endure hardness. You must be disciplined.

Remember in John 10:21; Jesus Christ said that as the Father sent me, so sent I you – That is our Captain.

Hebrews 2:10; the Father, our Captain is Perfect through Suffering – Our Captain was well Trained.

When you see the Soldier matching on the Day of Parade; what you are seeing is the Product of several Years of going through the Boot Camp and all kinds of Trainings, toughening them so that they can become Men of Steel.

And so in 2 Timothy 2:4; the Bible made it clear – You cannot live like a Civilian, you cannot get yourself entangled with things of the world. You are Called to be a Soldier.

And in Acts 10:38; the Bible says that: How God anointed Jesus Christ of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Power, who went about doing Good and healing all those who are oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.

Our Captain went about doing Good – And doing Good interpret to me as:

I. Healing the Sick – Which I told you before means killing germs, viruses.
II. And setting the Captives Free from the oppression of satan.

… You are to fight to set the Captives Free.

Now, as the Father sent Him, so He sent us – And what are we to do?

1. Matthew 10: 7-8 – We are to Preach the Kingdom of God.

Which is another way of depopulating the Kingdom of satan:

I. We are to heal the Sick and Cleanse the Lepers.
II. We are to even raise the dead – Help those satan thought he has already gotten into his Permanent abode and bring them back.

2. There is something that the Almighty God said to Elijah here that I want to bring to your attention today.

He said: Anyone who escaped the sword Hazael, Jehu was to slain; those who escaped the sword of Jehu, Elisha was to slain.

That means that the Army of God is “Teamwork” – Everything must be Teamwork!

Someone may escaped the sword of Hazael, Jehu must be willing to go to war and support Hazael. And if Someone escaped the sword of Jehu, Elisha must step in.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 says: Two are better than one – And it explains why? In case one falls, the other will support him.

But when you have the three (3) of them, they become unbreakable.

In Matthew 18: 19-20; the Almighty God told us that if two (2) of you shall agree as touching anything, then my Father in Heaven shall give it to you.

He said that where two (2) or three (3) are gathered together in my Name; I will be there.

Soldiers of Christ, you can’t do it alone – You need Prayer Partners – You need People who will stand by you in Agreement. There are some wars you can’t just fight alone.

3. When you want to go to war on behalf of your Captain, of course, the wisest thing to do is to start by consulting with the Captain – Ask him for direction.

In 2 Samuel 5: 18-25; the Bible told us that the Philistines gathered up against David.

David asked God – Do I go after them? And the Lord says: Go after them – You will defeat them because I will go with you.

And David went and dealth the Philistines some very nasty blows so much so that they fled.

After some time, the Philistines regrouped and they came back. And this time, David said: Lord, I beat them the last time. Do I go after them again?

God said: Hold on, the Methodology this time will be different – The first time you went in a “Frontal Attack”; this time, make a Circle round them and wait till you hear the moving of the wind on top of the Mulberry Tree. Then you will know that it is time to strike.

When it comes to warfare, you can’t beat your Captain in War Methods – He knows better than you and that is why He is the Captain!

And the Method He will ask you to use may not even make sense!

Take the case of Joshua in Joshua 6: 1-end – Joshua was ready for Action in the Previous Chapter (Joshua Chapter 5) – Here was Jericho, surrounded with a “Mighty Wall”. So Mighty according to Historians that if it should fall down, it will still be as tall as it was when it was originally standing.

And then the Captain came and visited Joshua and said: Well, this is how we are going to take this – For six (6) days, match round the Wall once a day and on the seventh (7th) day, go round the Wall seven (7) times and not a word must be spoken. After the seventh (7th) time, on the seventh day, then roar out and the Wall will crumble and not just fall down.

Be careful how you fight – Ask your Captain for Methodology!

4. Cooperate with your Captain.

Many atimes, when your Captain wants to fight for you; He will ask you to do something.

For Example, read Exodus 14: 1-28 – When Pharaoh with all his host came against Israel by the Red Sea. God told Moses – You are going to open a Way on the Red Sea for your People to match through. Raise your hand against the Red Sea.

… Raising my hand, divide the Red Sea? – God is simply asking you to obey!

Moses obeyed, he raised his hand and God caused a Mighty Wind to blow.

Cooperation! – You do what He asked you to do and let Hiim finish the job.

You see, when God asked you to lay hands on the Sick; He is not saying that it is your hand that will do the Healings. You just lay your hands on the Sick and let Him flow through you through those hands to Produce the Healings.

So, when I heard People say – I don’t even know whether the Fellow will be healed when I lay hands on the Sick! You are not the Healer.

All He asked you to do is to obey – Lay your hands and leave the rest to God.

Remember that if you lay your hands on the Sick and the Sick recovered; you are not to take the Glory – All Glory must be to God!

And if there is anything that I learnt very early in my Christian Life; it is that if I lay hands on the Sick and the Fellow get healed, I am not to take the Glory. So, if I lay hands on the Sick and the Fellow does not get healed; I’m not going to take the shame.

… If I can’t share the Glory, then I can’t share anything if nothing happens.

Look at Ezekiel 37: 1-10 – In the Valley of dry bones, the Bible says that the bones were very dry and God told the Man of God: Hey Prophet, can these bones live? You know the Story!

The Man of God said: Only you – This one battle is beyond me.

Fine, I am not asking you to bring the dry bones back to Life on your Strength. All I want you to do is to Prophesy – Open your mouth and said: Bone come together, leave the rest to me.

And he Prophesised – Bone come together thus saith the Lord.

And you need to put yourself in the Position of that Great Man of God – When qll of a sudden, bones began to come together – Bones to Bones.

… I’m sure that he must have been there trembling!

And all of a sudden, Flesh began to cover the bones when they were still dead.

And God said: Well done my Servant; do it again now for the second time – Prophesy. He Prophesied and the wind blew.

I Prophesy to all of you who are listening to me today or reading now on the Label of DMC: Those of you who are Dry bones, come back to Life – Amen.

Those who has been told by Doctors that there is nothing more we can do for you; I Prophesy to you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ – Dry bones live qgain (Amen).

And leave my Command-In-Chief who will do the rest.

In Exodus 17: 8-13 – In the war of the Amelekites that we referred to earlier on. The Amelekites attacked the children of Israel. Moses went up to the Mountaintop, he took Aaron and Hur with him. And then Joshua with the “Little Army” they had were in the Valley below doing the Physical fighting.

And Moses was at the Mountaintop doing the Spiritual – He lifted up his hands and as long as his hands were up, the children of Israel were winning. When his hands grew heavy and he lowered it, they were losing.

Man of God, you are still a Man. If you raise your hands for too long; your hands will grow heavy!

But fortunately, there were two (2) People with Moses – Aaron and Hur; they lifted up his hands until the battle was won.

Brethren, you are making a mistake if you leave all the Problem-Solving to the General Overseer

Whether you believed it or not, the General Overseer is a Human Being – He still goes to the toilet and he still fall asleep once in a while.

Pray for your Moses, lift up his hands – There is need for Teanwork and you need Partners.

Look at 2 Samuel 21: 15-17 – The Bible says that David went to war against the Philistunes and the Great Giant Killer became tired. The Bible said that he waxed faint.

And as soon as the enemies saw that opportunity has come – Let kill him.

And there was this Great Giant – The way they described him, he was Probably even bigger than Goliath and he could have finished up David. But Somebody was there that came to the rescue so that the battle was won.

… There is need for Partnership! Don’t be too Proud to ask for Help from other Prayer Warriors.

Hey, I’m the Pastor – Why should I ask the Workers to Pray for me?

In Matthew 26: 37-40; the Lord Jesus Christ Himself when He was facing the biggest battle of His Life took three (3) boys (Disciples) – Come along, Pray with me. When He came back and found them sleeping; He said: Ha, you can’t even Watch with me for one hour?

If the Lord Jesus Christ ask for Partners to come and Watch with Him; who are you then!

Paul the Apostle said again and again and again:

I. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 – Pray for us.

II. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 – He reminded the Thessalonians: Pray for us.

III. 2 Corinthians 1:11 – He told the Corinthians: Pray for us.

IV. In Colossians 4: 1-end – Pray for us.

You need Partners – Paul was the one who brought the Gospel to all these People and now he is asking them: Pray for me!

Consider Acts 12: 1-11 – The Bible said that the enemies grabbed one of the Apostles and killed him and saw that some People were rejoicing. So, he grabbed Peter also and said: Alright, lets kill this one too.

But the Bible said that this time around; the Brethren gathered together and began to Pray for Peter.

They didn’t Pray for James and so James died. James waa a Great Man of God – Infact, he waa the Chairman anytime the Apostles held a Meeting.

But in the case of Peter, they Prayed and an Angel came and set him free.

Get a Prayer Warrior – At least one! – Husband, if your wife is a “True Child” of God; let her be your Prayer Warrior.

Children your Parents; Parents your children.

Now, let me Conclude – I’m issuing an Invitation to you to say: Join the Winning Side.

Christians are the Winning Side – Why?

Our Captain, our Command-In-Chief is the Lord of Host!

Psalms 24:7 calls Him the Lord of Host and He has never lost a war.

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According to Philippians 2: 9-11 – At the mention of His Nane alone; all knees must bow.

The moment that they say that you are a Christian and the enemies hear the word “Christ” then He knows that you belong to Christ and he begins to tremble.

I have told you this Story of this Young Man who went somewhere. We didn’t know what happened there but came back loaded with demons so that he could no longer sit down, he couldn’t walk or take his bath – He was just lying down helplessly. And they brought him like that to Ebute Metta (National Headquarters Parish).

And when they brought him down – He was just like Vegetable; I began to command him what to do and he asked that in whose Name? And I said Jesus and he complied.

And that was the end of the Problem.

You are not going to war in your own name – You are going in the Name of Jesus Christ

Join our Side as we are the Winning Side.

And in case you don’t know; that is why we shout so much Noise because the Winning Side is the Shouting Side!

Let me hear you shout Hallelujah – Hallelujah!

Join us and very soon; you too will be shouting for Victory!


So, if you want to give your Life to Jesus Christ, bow your head and talk to Jesus Chrust – Save my Soul, I want to join the Winning Side. And He will agree with your Request as I will Pray with you now. And very soon, you too will be shouting for Joy.


And so my Father and my God; I thank You once again for Your Words and I want to thank You for all those that said that we want to leave the Camp of satan and cross over to the Camp of Jesus Christ.


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